The youngster Kylian Mbappe, who has taken over the football world by storm, was almost signed by a Bundesliga second division club back in 2015.
The French star made his first-team debut for Monaco in December 2015, becoming the youngest-ever first-team player, aged 16, breaking Thierry Henry’s record set 21 years previously. And he further displaced Henry in the process by scoring his first goal for Monaco on February 2016. He has since enjoyed a meteoric rise in his football career, scoring 27 goals in 60 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.
However, as a few reports claim, the talented forward was nearly signed by RB Leipzig a few months before his debut for Monaco. Speaking to German daily Bild, Ralf Rangnick, the sporting director proclaimed: “We had Kylian Mbappe all but signed.”
Upon further inquiry, the sporting director added: “We almost signed Mbappe. The problem was back then we just separated from our coach Alexander Zorniger. It was shortly after the winter break 2015, so at that moment we didn’t know who our next manager would be and how everything would continue.
“Kylian’s father said to me that if I could say for sure that I would become the new manager, he would entrust his son to me immediately. But in February  I could not give him that promise yet.”
At that point, Rangnick was the sporting director at both Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg. However, in May, he was ready to quit his position in Austria and then become Leipzig manager, as reports claim. Had he done that move back in January, he would have signed the talented youngster to the second division club, with which he later won the promotion to Bundesliga.
Written by Hritwik NE
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